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Is Lukasz Fabianski really the worst Arsenal goalkeeper in Arsenal's reign at the club?

Arsene Wenger had a huge decision to make last night, as the fit again Lukasz Fabianski returned from injury to cloud the selection issues, but Wojciech Szczesny was preferred to start.

Szczesny had been the number one up until he was dropped for the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, with his manager stating he was suffering from 'mental fatigue'.

Now back as the number one, at least until the summer, the future of Fabianski remains clouded as his contract will expire at the end of the season despite his more than competent performances over the past couple of months.

It wasn't always like that, for the injury-prone stopper was a nervous wreck in his early days at the club, at fault for a number of goals, but nowadays is a different 'keeper altogether,one that does not make supporters shudder.

One who clearly still does at the thought of his name on the teamsheet is Piers Morgan, who named Fabianski earlier today as the worst ever goalkeeper since Arsene Wenger took charge.

In fact here is his 'Worst Wenger XI':

You can't argue with most of the names on there - although we'd take out Baptista and replace him with another striker, Francis Jeffers. (Who said a worst XI had to have a cohesive formation?)

Andre Santos he has run down previously - calling him the worst in Gunners' history, but we felt in light of Fabianski's recent performances over the past two or three years whenever he has been called upon, haven't actually been that bad.

If judged on the first six months then yes, but his response to that challenge has at the least been commendable.

So who is Wenger's worst ever stopper?

In actual fact there have not been a great deal to choose from. So here's a full list of goalkeepers who have made first team appearances since the Frenchman took over.

David Seaman, John Lukic, Alex Manninger, Stuart Taylor, Rami Shabaan, Richard Wright, Jens Lehmann, Manuel Almunia, Vito Mannone, Wojciech Szczesny, Lukas Fabianski, and Damian Martinez - who has made just one performance, conceding five to Reading.

In truth it's a tough shout and will come down to perspectives, but we'd like to hear your views. In terms of ability it's probably fair to say Vito Mannone does not quite look Arsenal standard, and the fact Manuel Almunia is playing Championship football speaks volumes. It's also hardly fair to judge young Damian Martinez on just one game.

But overall the biggest disappointment was the 'keeper billed as the next Seaman, Richard Wright - whose impatience for a chance saw him leave the club before he was handed a regular run, and now sits in the stands as Manchester City's third choice.

Is the comment too harsh on Fabianski? Who is the worst Arsenal goalkeeper under Wenger?

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